Three of the four AFC South teams won on Sunday afternoon/evening, but as you wake up and look at the landscape on Monday morning, there’s really one thing very clear – this division is the worst in football.
The four teams in the division – the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are four teams that no one really fears, and there’s a variety of reasons as to why.
Today we dissect as to why this division is so bad, and if there’s any hope of an AFC South team being able to get past the wild card round come January.
1. Brock Osweiler is a Bust
Don’t get crazy about the fact Osweiler was able to bring the Texans back from down 14 last night in the final three minutes to beat a Colts team that’s a complete mess, the Texans huge money free agent quarterback is not very good. He is awful at decision making, and not very accurate throwing downfield. Here’s the bigger issue – the Texans have invested a LOT of cash in him, and can’t afford to not give him one if not two seasons as their starter – no matter how bad he is.
2. Chuck Pagano Needs to Go
The decision for Colts owner Jim Irsay to give Pagano a four-year extension back in early January of this season now looks like a mistake that is going to cost him a lot of money, because there’s no doubt he needs to fire the coach. “It wasn’t fan pressure, player pressure,” Irsay said on his reasoning for bringing back Pagano. “It was that Chuck’s won 44 games in the last four years.” Now, less than halfway into his first season of that deal, he needs to pull the plug on the coach, sitting in last place in the division at 2-4 after Sunday’s collapse. The blowout losses, the playoff defeats, and the fake punt fiasco against New England last year are bad, but last night was the low point of his tenure, one that needs to end before they miss out on the best years for Andrew Luck and TY Hilton.
3. Don’t Buy Into what the Titans are Selling
Yes the Tennessee Titans are better today than a year ago, but let’s be real, they have a two game win streak against two pretty bad teams, the Dolphins and the Browns. What was sad is despite building a lead yesterday they had to hang on just to beat a Browns team that hasn’t won a game all season, and may not win a game in 2016. DeMarco Murray is giving this team a better run game, which has helped out quarterback Marcus Mariota, but in the end their defense still has a lot of work to do, and they are at least 2 years from being a contender. Don’t be surprised if these two wins are their high point of 2016.
4. I Don’t Know What to Think of the Jaguars
Sunday the Jags did little to make me think this is a team that can make a push to the postseason. They are 4-2 on the season, but don’t seem to have that feel of a long term contender. They have major issues on offense for a team chock full of what should be playmakers like Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, and new running back Chris Ivory, who has been a bust even with scoring a touchdown on Sunday. Ivory needs to step up and lead this run game, he’s run for just 75 yards and is averaging 2.4 yards per carry. As for the pass game, it was good to see them finally come through late, but at the end of the day, they have a long way to go to challenge the better teams in the conference.